Team Penske has won three of the opening six races in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. And unfortuntely for Ryan Blaney, he wasn’t one of those.
And following Sunday’s STP 500 from Martinsville Speedway, it was a second win by teammate Brad Keselowski, who led one of the most dominating runs in the history of NASCAR’s oldest track, leading 446 of 500 laps.
Following a fourth-place finish in his No. 12 Ford, all Blaney could do was congratulate his veteran teammate for a dream day.
“He put it on them today,” Blaney said of Keselowski. “From the drop of the green flag, he was great. Him and the [No.] 9 [Chase Elliott] looked like they had some really good racing going on for a while.
“That was good for him. He’s great here, he’s proven to be one of the best out here. He was on it all day.”
But the day wasn’t all under the shadow for Blaney, who ran as high as second on the day and was top five on the day nearly all day. His fourth place was his third straight top-five finish in 2019 and it could have been his first win if he had a long run to the end.
“[Brad and I] were swapped,” he said. “He was better than me short-run, I was a little better after 50 laps. It just didn’t come down to that.”
A win is inching closer for Blaney, as he now runs a career-high streak of top fives heading into Texas Motor Speedway next weekend.
“We’re right there,” he said. “It’s so hard to win these races, you have to do everything perfect — you got to be good on pit road, you got to restart good and a good car on both ends of a run. We’re really close to where we need to be, we just haven’t put it together.
“If we keep running top three, top five, you eventually get one of these things together.”